2011 Ford Mustang GT Preview: Coyote 5.0L V8

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The Ford Mustang has introduced a great many now-famous engines throughout its long history, but none have had the following of the 5.0L V8. The “five-o”, as it is affectionately known, disappeared from the Mustang lineup after 1995 as the new modular 4.6L V8 took its place. Many believe the 5.0 may return in the 2011 Ford Mustang.

The news of the new 5.0L V8, code named “Coyote” within Ford Motor
Company, began when an overseas member of the Ford management group
commented on the upcoming engine. These rumors were further bolstered
by a comment made earlier this year by Ford chairman Bill Ford Jr.
While discussing the wide range of new engines coming from Ford in the
next few years, Ford mentioned that the Mustang would be available with
a 400 horsepower engine. Now, this could have been Ford misspeaking
about the GT500, but it is more likely another hint to the return of
the fabled five-o to the Ford Mustang.

The Coyote 5.0L V8 is currently not in use anywhere in the world, so
there is no clear proof of the engines capabilities like we have with
the other two expected engines for the 2011 Mustang.  However, the
gigantic power advantage held by Chevrolet and Dodge combined with the
public outcry when the sleek new 2010 Mustang received just a 15
horsepower gain wont likely go unanswered by the folks at Ford. A 400
horsepower variant of the Mustang GT would make it the most powerful
Mustang GT ever offered, and with the weight advantage over both the
Camaro and Challenger, the twenty-something horsepower disadvantage
faced by a 400hp Coyote V8 powered Mustang would likely be easily

The Auto Show season is approaching quickly, and with SEMA only a month
away and the Detroit Auto Show around two and a half months out, we
expect official news from Ford Motor Company soon about the future of
the Ford Mustang engine lineup.

– Patrick Rall

Is this what you wanted? Because it seems that it’s what Mustang fans have been clamoring for: the return of the 5.0. Is the possibility of a base 400hp lightweight-ish pony car giving you the itch to want one in a year? How do you feel this will affect pricing; will it start costing what Challenger SRT8s are going for? Follow our 2011 Mustang preview discussion here!

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